Category: Event  Listing Date: 2015-11-23
Divas Visit Museum"The Divas" visited the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum of South Dakota in Hill City.
On Monday November 23, 2015 "The Divas" visited the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Museum of South Dakota in Hill City. The local organized hiking group scheduled the stop to view the displays, learn about Black Hills area campsites, and ask questions.
Topics of discussion included the ongoing "roster project" which includes the discovery and recording of the names of men that served in the South Dakota CCC. To date, some 25,000 names have been recorded. In South Dakota alone the total number of enrollees is somewhere over 30,000. A printed roster of the names collected is available at the museum for visitors to view.
A "CCC in Custer State Park" project also is underway. A draft of a map of the work that CCs participated in was of interest to the hikers as they consider the park a great place to hike and discover. It is expected that the map, once completed, will be available on the Museum website -www.SouthDakotaCCC.com.
Several CCC projects within Custer State Park remain visible and are still in use today. Other sites around the Black Hills and the state as well, have remnants of foundations, fireplaces, and faded camp roads and trails. These make great daytrip destinations.
Brief mention of a cooperative project initiated by the BLM, that includes cooperation with the CCC Museum, NPS, and Custer State Park to create a course that could be included in the curriculum of local schools, seemed to meet the approval of the group.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) contributed so much to South Dakota and the rest of the United States. The Museum volunteers and board are always eager to share the important history of the CCs.